Truck Rear-End Crashes
Every year, approximately 400,000 commercial trucks are involved in vehicle crashes in the United States, according to The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA). Around 70, 000 of these crashes are rear-end crashes, where the truck strikes another vehicle or where the truck is the vehicle that is struck. When a passenger vehicle rear-ends the truck the injuries tend to be more serious than when a truck rear-ends another vehicle.
If you or a loved one has been injured in a truck rear-end crash, you may be eligible for legal and financial recourse. Contact an experienced Arizona truck accident attorney today to explore your legal options.
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Causes of Rear-end Truck Crashes
The FMSCA conducted a study on truck rear-end crashes and found some common factors among the crashes. Listed below are factors that often contribute to rear-end crashes:
- Either the driver of the passenger vehicle or the truck driver was under the influence of alcohol.
- Trucks have improperly working headlights or turn signals
- Trucks that have malfunctioning brakes
- Poor lighting conditions
Nearly half of all fatal rear-end crashes where trucks are struck by other vehicles occur in dark but lighted conditions.
If you have lost a loved one in a truck rear-end crash, you may be eligible to file a wrongful death lawsuit. Contact an Arizona wrongful death attorney to learn about the legal rights available to the accident victims families.
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Failure of Underride Guards
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reports that 423 people occupying passenger vehicles are killed every year as a result of rear-end collisions with large tracks. Additionally, another 5,000 vehicle occupants are injured in these crashes. Although, there have been advances in vehicle design, passenger vehicles still dont provide adequate protection in rear-end truck accidents.
Semi-trailers, also referred to as 18-wheelers or tractor-trailers, ride higher than passenger cars and the bottom of the trailer is approximately the height of a passenger car's windshield. When a car strikes a semi-trailer, the windshield and roof pillars are the only things protecting the vehicles occupants. Even at low speeds, a car can slide under a tractor-trailer and essentially have its roof sheared off until the car hits the semi's back tires. When a vehicle slides under the body of a tractor-trailer this considered to be an underride accident. These collisions put the occupants at serious risk for head injuries, and sometimes death.
Many commercial trucks have underride guard rails installed that hangs down from under the trailer. An underride guard can stop a car from sliding under the semi-trailer; however, it is not uncommon for underride guards to fail. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) has petitioned the NHTSA to strengthen the standards for underride guards. The IIHS believes that all commercial trucks should have guard rails. Although, underride protection was first mandated in the 1950s, research has shown that the minimum requirements recently passed laws fail to adequately protect passengers. The trucking industry continues turns a blind eye to these dangerous situations.
Arizona Truck Accident Lawsuits
If you or a loved one has sustained an injury in a truck rear end crash, you may be entitled to compensation for medical expenses, lost wages and other damages associated with the collision. Contact a truck rear-end accident attorney at Phillips Law Group to discuss your legal options. An attorney can assess the details of your claim and advise you on the best course of action.
Our attorneys have the knowledge and resources to handle all types of truck accident cases. We are dedicated to helping injury victims receive the justice that they deserve.
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